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Melanie Luxenberg

January 26, 2016
Melanie Luxenberg was diagnosed with Bipolar II in July 2010. She also experiences rapid cycling and at times, experiences multiple cycles in a week, as well as general anxiety and social anxiety. Melanie graduated with an Honour’s B.A. in English & History from the University of Toronto in 2006 and from Seneca College’s Accelerated Law Clerk...
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Aussie Ravandi

November 23, 2015
Hello, my name is Aussie Ravandi. I am a 25 year old college student living with and managing bipolar disorder. It took several years to be able to say that. I was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder at the age of 19, after years of confusion. My struggles with this disorder have had devastating effects on...
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Ancuța Ion

November 23, 2015
Ancuța Ion is a 21-year-old medical student residing in Bucharest, Romania. She is willing to pursue a career in psychiatry and she finds bipolar disorder one of the most challenging and important afflictions that both patients and mental health specialists deal with. She is also interested in medical journalism and creative writing and...
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Beka Owens

October 22, 2015
When I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder with episodes of ultra-rapid cycling in 2001, I found an answer for a lot of questions about why I was the way I was – and even more questions about what to do with that information. I hope my blog posts ignite hope and inspiration for readers – and writing them seems to be good therapy for me, too!...
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Aarti Girdhar

October 19, 2015
Aarti Girdhar is finishing her Ph.D in physics. Her fight with the bipolar disorder, as a caregiver of a loved one, got her interested into mental health issues. She dreams of a fair and just world for every living being and believes each one of us have to contribute to achieve this. Contributing to the area of mental health is a small step in...
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Teresa Smeigh

October 1, 2015
Teresa Smeigh is currently 59 years old and lives in Deptford, New Jersey. She is a mental health blogger and has been featured on 2 websites with her articles about Bipolar Disorder. Her desire is to be a mental health advocate. She has joined a few projects to help try to make more people aware of the disorder and to help eliminate stigma. ...
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Lynn Ulrich

September 30, 2015
My name is Lynn Ulrich. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education and am currently an elementary school teacher and gym instructor. I was diagnosed with rapid cycling Bipolar I Disorder with psychotic features in 2008. In my free time I love to go to the gym, play with my son, and spend time with my significant other. 
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Jessica Hull

September 30, 2015
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my biography. My name is Jessica Hull. I am thirty years old. I was diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder, general anxiety disorder, and social anxiety at the age of sixteen. Prior to this diagnosis I was being treated for depression only from the age of eight to approximately fifteen. I have a very...
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Chris Cole

August 28, 2015
Chris Cole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and is a certified Strategic Intervention Coach. He has recently authored a memoir of his journey with bipolar disorder, titled The Body of Chris in honor of his delusion that he was the Second Coming of Christ. He is also in recovery from addiction...
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Ravneet Sandhu

May 15, 2015
Ravneet Kaur Sandhu, an 18-year-old, loves to read. She wants to study Psychology in college and help make a difference in the metal healthcare sector. A writer in making, Ravneet loves to sit and ink her thoughts. Ravneet lives in Chandigarh, India. 
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Mary Kidd

April 27, 2015
My name is Mary Kidd. I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 26, 1971. I moved to Houston with my family when I was five and currently reside here. I attended New York University where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  After I graduated from NYU I lived in New York City for a couple years working at an advertising agency in media...
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Krystal Reddick

April 13, 2015
Krystal Monique Reddick was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I in 2007, at the age of 23. So she’s had nearly a decade to learn her disorder. She is an educator, mental health blogger, and Master’s in Social Work graduate student. After teaching for seven years in K-12 classrooms, she wants to be a psychotherapist. In addition to the International...
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